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Megan McArdle

Republicans Didn't Sabotage Health Exchanges, Obama Did

Any talk of "sabotage" of the Affordable Care Act should be directed at the Obama administration, not the Republican Party.

For the first week that the federal health-care exchanges were running ... well, crawling ... the Obama administration claimed that no one could get through because of overwhelming pent-up demand. Essentially it spent a week arguing that no one could have predicted that, in a country of 300 million people, 2.4 percent of those people might stop by sometime in the first seven days to check out the administration's signature legislative achievement.

We can now dismiss that theory, because the administration has: "Six days into the launch of insurance marketplaces created by the new health-care law, the federal government acknowledged for the first time Sunday it needed to fix design and software problems that have kept customers from applying online for coverage."